Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Lifecycle Building Center Inc

Turning waste into wealth and opportunity

aka LBC

ATLANTA, GA

Mission

Environmental stewardship and community resilience by creating a sustainable lifecycle for the built environment.

Ruling Year

2014

Executive Director

Shannon Goodman

Director of Operations

Chris Hamilton

Main Address

P.O. Box 7661

ATLANTA, GA 30357 USA

Keywords

Reuse, reduce, retail building material, reuse center, waste diversion, waste reduction, sustainability, salvage, building materials, building reuse, construction, community, Materials Management, reclaimed, Reuse Store, Decon Services, Deconstruction Services, savings, discounted materials, discounts, donations, home projects, tools, learning, efficiency, educational, open to the public, commercial, residential, workshops, environment, eco-friendly.

EIN

45-2645951

 Number

7019768214

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

There is a significant need for reuse especially in the construction industry. Building materials comprise an estimated 25-40% of everything thrown away in the United States alone.

Consider this typical home remodel. Materials removed: 27 percent wood, 18 percent cardboard/paper, 15 percent drywall, 9 percent insulation, 8 percent roofing, 7 percent metal, 6 percent rubble (concrete, brick, asphalt), 5 percent land-clearing debris (earth, sod, brush) and 5 percent miscellaneous.

(Figures supplied by Waste Age Magazine)

 A whopping 90 percent of this material can be recycled or reused. Without organizations like LBC, all this waste piles up in landfills. As billions of tons accumulate each year in landfills, we need to remember that when we throw materials away, there is no “away." There are cabinets that could be reinstalled in someone's home; doors that could be recycled as furniture; materials that should not be tossed into landfills 

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Material Match Progam

Deconstruction Services (decon)

Home Performance Workshops

Do-It-Yourself Workshops

Reuse Center

Material Diversion

Where we work

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

VISION FOR 2022:
•2.5 million pounds of building materials diverted from the landfill annually.
•LBC is better recognized, and its services are easier for clients, especially material donors and retail clients, to engage with via a safe and more efficient facility (Phase 1 improvements) with enhanced systems, technology and customer service; along with more efficient deconstruction services; and expanded education and outreach, and nonprofit material match programs.
•An expanded, more specialized, supported and empowered staff; a board transitioned into impactful governance, and more volunteers.
•Fiscal stewardship by maintaining a balance of at least 2/3 earned income with increased philanthropic giving.

3 – YEAR STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

Mission- Services Objectives
1.1. 1.4 million pounds of building materials are diverted from the landfill annually by improving efficiency and processes for material donors and retail clients, including finding ways to link them directly; and partnerships to enhance the recycling of materials.
1.2. $750,000 in annual retail sales through a fully functional and safe facility, improved customer service and signage, expanded retail offerings, a customer rewards program, and community outreach and education, including creative reuse of materials.
1.3. Expanded education program via partnering with other organizations and skilled “industry expert" volunteers, initially through DIY workshops and reuse education, and outreach to increase both supply and demand of building materials; and then a plan for future workforce development.
1.4. Improved and then expanded nonprofit material donation program with more effective ways to meet their material needs; and collaboration with local churches to identify and connect them with the materials needed for their churches and congregations.

Facilities and Operations Objectives
2.1. Safe, code compliant building that is efficient, healthy and enhances retail experience with Phase 1 Facility improvements completed along with planning for Phase 2, including possible co-location.
2.2. More effective inventory turnover from enhanced systems, processes and technology making it easier for all clients and for LBC's staff to effectively manage client relationships, especially material donors and retail clients,
Fund Development/Finance Objectives
3.1. $1.2 million annual budget raised by at least 2/3 from increased sales and earned income, and 1/3 from increased philanthropic funding, including foundation and corporate support, and individual giving
3.2. Develop 4-month operating reserve that covers breakeven expenses for effective fiscal stewardship.

Mission- Services Objectives
1.1. $750,000 in annual retail sales through a fully functional and safe facility, improved customer service and signage, expanded retail offerings, a customer rewards program, and community outreach and education, including creative reuse of materials.
1.2. 1.4 million pounds of building materials are diverted from the landfill annually by improving efficiency and processes for material donors and retail clients, including finding ways to link them directly; and partnerships to enhance the recycling of materials.
1.3. Expanded education program via partnering with other organizations and skilled “industry expert" volunteers, initially through DIY workshops and reuse education, and outreach to increase both supply and demand of building materials; and then a plan for future workforce development.
1.4. Improved and then expanded nonprofit material donation program with more effective ways to meet their material needs; and collaboration with local churches to identify and connect them with the materials needed for their churches and congregations.
Facilities and Operations Objectives
2.1. Safe, code compliant building that is efficient, healthy and enhances retail experience with Phase 1 Facility improvements completed along with planning for Phase 2, including possible co-location.
2.2. More effective inventory turnover from enhanced systems, processes and technology making it easier for all clients and for LBC's staff to effectively manage client relationships, especially material donors and retail clients,
Fund Development/Finance Objectives
3.1. $1.3 million annual budget raised by at least 2/3 from increased sales and earned income, and 1/3 from increased philanthropic funding, including foundation and corporate support, and individual giving
3.2. Develop 4-month operating reserve that covers breakeven expenses for effective fiscal stewardship.
Human Resources Objectives.
4.1. 90% retention of highly qualified staff and additional specialized staff (13-15 staff), including positions in Deconstruction and staff support for Resource Development/Community Outreach and Volunteer Management, ensuring their safety, providing professional development opportunities, enhancing teamwork and conducting succession planning.
4.2. Transitioned from an operations to governance Board with sustained leadership that effectively manages its own activities, is appropriately connected with staff and operations, but more involved in community outreach and fundraising, along with increased use of volunteers in DIY training and retail operations.
Marketing, Community Awareness and Communications Objectives
5.1. Community awareness and outreach so more are aware and participate, including LBC's educational programs, via initial focused marketing to film industry, design community and homebuilders, and community outreach and engagement in SW Atlanta Community via the faith community.
5.2. Further build brand thru increased social

Program Performance Measurement

Outputs

•Number pounds collected annually (1.2 million in 2018)
•Annual Retail sales ($660,000 in 2018) and % from local neighborhoods
•Participants in training/workshop opportunities (includes trainees & volunteers) – (6 workshops/events with 170 total participants in 2018)
•Number of nonprofits awarded material (annually/monthly) - (300 in 2018)
•Number of outreach meetings/events - (TBD)

Operational Performance Measurement

•Program ratio (percentage of annual funds spent on programs/services)
•Total annual revenue
•Percentage of annual revenue from earned income (at least 67%)
•Total annual philanthropic funds raised
•Total number of donors, including major donors
•Number of volunteers and volunteer hours
•Percentage of board members that donate
•Total amount of board giving
•Number of social media mentions and followers, website hits and media mentions
•Staff retention ratio

2017 Outcomes:
-LBC has captured over 890,000 pounds of usable materials from the waste stream so in 2017, with over 3.6 million pounds diverted to date.
-40 nonprofit organizations have been awarded material donations in 2017, with 140 organizations receiving free materials since LBC began operations in 2011
-Our programs have saved the community $545,000 in 2017 through discounted materials and material donations, with a lifetime total community savings of over $2.2 million
-LBC's fundraising capacity has continued to grow, including new partnerships with Cox Enterprises,
Hannah Solar and Turner Foundation, as well as renewed support by Ray C Anderson Foundation, Waterfall Foundation, Georgia‐Pacific, Perkins + Will, Mohawk Group and many other stalwart supporters.

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Financials

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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